Dinosaur Boy

By: Cory Putman Oakes

Over the summer, Sawyer turns half stegosaurus. Suddenly he can’t get enough salad, or keep the dog from stealing the tennis balls he uses to cover his razor-sharp spikes. Author’s note.

ISBN: 9781492605379

JLG Release: Jun 2015


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Stegosaurus , Dinosaurs , Bullying , Friendship , Extraterrestrial beings , Rescues , Schools , Family life

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Awards & Honors

2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Elementary / Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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A group of scientists conduct an experiment that goes terribly wrong, introducing dinosaur genes into their own DNA, passing it down to their own grandchildren. Over the summer, Sawyer begins to grow plates out of his back and a tail like a stegosaurus. He must face returning to school with his new appearance, enduring the taunts of other children. A group of scientists conduct an experiment that goes terribly wrong, introducing dinosaur genes into their own DNA, passing it down to their own grandchildren. Over the summer, Sawyer begins to grow plates out of his back and a tail like a stegosaurus. He must face returning to school with his new appearance, enduring the taunts of other children. The new principal sticks up for Sawyer and expels the students who poke fun. But something’s wrong. Sawyer and his friends begin to wonder what happened to these expelled students; they seem to have disappeared. Their investigation turns up some wild discoveries—could their principal be an alien? Are the students alive? This story blends themes about fitting in, making friends, and tackling challenges. Oakes emphasizes the effects of bullying and peer pressure. There are also plenty of fun science and sci-fi ideas woven throughout. The trim size and plot-driven pacing make this an ideal recommendation for reluctant readers. VERDICT A fun and funny read with layers of deeper issues.—Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA

Book Details

ISBN

9781492605379

First Release

June 2015

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Fic

Trim Size

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.1; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 11;

Lexile

Level 730L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Jabberwocky

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Stegosaurus, Dinosaurs, Bullying, Friendship, Extraterrestrial beings, Rescues, Schools, Family life,

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